TECHNIQUES, MACHINES & METHODS Artistic Processes of Image-Making
Fotobuch Nr. 47


The curatorial team of the Fotogalerie Wien, together with photo artist Thomas Freiler, chose Techniques, Machines & Methods: Artistic Processes of Image-Making as the subject for the year 2011. By observing the current art scene, and on the basis of the art works we viewed, we discovered a large number of artists who – in an age of digitalization – are presently, and increasingly, becoming involved in experimenting with old photographic and film processes as well as constructing their own apparatuses.

This approach by artists, who often consider themselves researchers or inventors, has led to exciting, new and unusual visual results. The subject was dealt with in three group shows and included works from the areas of photography, video, object art and installations. The total of 16 participating artists cover recent as well as more established positions that have been concerned with the subject for many years. The exhibition trilogy was sub-divided into subject areas: Constructed Devices, in which exceptional, and sometimes room-filling, machines for picture production were presented; Media Explorations, in which the emphasis was very definitely focussed on examining the medium of photography and other processes of reproducing images, and Spatial Translations, in which the aspect of three-dimensionality in photography was discussed.

Our sincere thanks is due to photo artist and theorist Thomas Freiler. He not only made a significant contribution to the curating and the selection of artists but also took on responsibility for the theoretical basis of the subject. He has contributed texts to our BILDER magazines and to this catalogue and he made introductory speeches at the openings. His texts in this catalogue not only provide a wellfounded and comprehensive overview of the subject but also provide explanatory material relating to every specialist areas and the art works themselves. In addition, the catalogue, which is in German and English, offers lots of space for artist statements and images of the artists’ works.

We hope that the present publication, the 2011 special focus of the FOTOGALERIE WIEN, gives all readers a great deal of pleasure.

Text: Thomas Freiler

Images and texts by the artists: Beatrix Bakondy, Philipp Fleischmann, Thomas Freiler, Clemens Fürtler, Ilse Haider, Frauke Hänke, Claus Kienle, Edgar Lissel, Michaela Moscouw, Martin Reinhart, Stephan Reusse, Michael Schuster, Gebhard Sengmüller und Konrad Strutz

publisher: Fotogalerie Wien,
ISBN 978-3-902725-32-5

price: EUR 19,00 › Order

Arbeiten 1981 2011
texts by: Ruth Horak

Katalog Werkschau Nr. 46

Text: Ruth Horak

A4, 40 pages, with full-color pages, German/English

Photograms have another relationship to reality

The image and its effect on the work of Hans Kupelwieser

The photogram is the most indexical form of photography. It exhibits the greatest proximity to the original of what is depicted because it has actually been in physical contact with it. At the same time itis greatly distanced because it does not convey its appearance in the customary way. The relationship of this direct impression to reality is determined by criteria other than recognisability. Both photogram and photography]derive their meaning from the recording process using light-sensitive and fixative chemical substances prior to the use of an apparatusand describe—similar to telephone and computer—a process.

In Hans Kupelwieser's case the production process is a crucial part of the image. Since the early 1980s hundreds of photograms have come from his hands—series on paper 40 x 50 cm but also (right from the beginning) on formats as large as 200 x 366 cm. He uses the photo paper as a working surface. Whether on the exposure table or rolled out across the floor, he places or pours things onto the paper, sometimes taking account of the pictorial surface it suggests and at others ignoring it....

Ruth Horak


publisher: Fotogalerie Wien,
format: A4,
ISBN: 978-3-902725-31-8

price: EUR 11,00 › Order